SINGAPORE: A former Singtel employee was jailed for a year and eight months on Tuesday June 14 for tricking his friends into subscribing to mobile plans and giving him the phones they received.
While out on bail for these offences, Aloysius Nah Ming Yuan also posed as a woman on dating apps and tricked two men into paying him for sex, and scammed a Carousell salesperson.
The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to 10 counts of cheating, with 16 other charges being considered for sentencing.
The court heard that Nah worked as a customer service agent at Singtel.
In 2017, Nah decided to trick his friends into subscribing to mobile service plans from various telecommunications companies.
He lied to his friends that they would not be charged any fees and asked them to pass him the phones they received when making the deals.
He also told them that by subscribing to the mobile plans, they would help him reach his sales quota as a Singtel employee. This was wrong, as he was fired in September 2017.
Nah received a total of 35 mobile phones worth nearly S$39,000 from 11 victims in 2017.
The victims were charged by the telecom operators and paid around S$32,000 in fees, with around S$12,000 outstanding.
Nah made a partial refund of S$10,000 on September 29, 2019.
In December 2019, while Nah was out on bail for the telecommunications scam, he did it again by cheating on a Carousell salesman.
The victim offered an online payment service for customers in exchange for a commission.
Nah contacted the victim on Carousell and said he needed to make two online bank transfers totaling S$2,850 for business purposes. The transfers were actually for betting-related purposes.
The victim made the transfers. Nah did not reimburse her or pay for it, and he never intended to, according to court documents.
He was only found after police conducted various searches with Carousell and Google, among others, according to court documents.
Nah made no restitution to the victim.
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Sometime before March 2021, Nah impersonated a woman named “Xiaohui” on Tinder and OkCupid, using a photo of a woman he found online.
Using these accounts, Nah spoke to strangers who were interested in dating.
He moved the conversation to other messaging platforms “when he felt he had a chance to scam them out of money”, according to court documents.
He offered to have sex with them, telling them afterwards that he needed the money for personal expenses or to solve family problems.
“Throughout the entire period, the victims were under the impression that this was a woman named ‘Xiaohui’ who was seeking to have a sexual relationship with them,” court documents said.
More than eight times in March and April 2021, Nah tricked two men into transferring a total of S$2,650 to him.
In total, he cheated victims out of around S$3,700 through this scam. He returned 500 Singapore dollars.
The penalty for cheating is up to 10 years in prison and a fine.